Wednesday, September 16, 2020

This week wes thankful for spiders!

Wes is thankful that Bitsy Orb Weaver spider has made our deck her home!
 

She had built her web across the  back of the deck. Alas, Alex has taken the SLR camera to Calgary and Mom's phone camera does not focus on Bitsy furry well.

 
Wes got this photo from the inter webs and it looks just like her - just a little darker, Bitsy is more a coffee with cream color. She is a gorgeous spider with her yellow and black-banded belly and legs and silvery carapace. 
Why is wes thankful for Orb Weaver spiders like Bitsy? They catches a zillion bugs and they builds beautiful webs.
 

 
While Mom was talking to Mr D, a fly got caught in her web! And right away, a wasp flew in thinking it could gets a free meal! It got caught in the web too! Bitsy was a really busy lady!
She was down wrapping up her meals and heading to her hiding place, so quickly, Mom had trouble catching a photo of her.
 
 

 Most of the time, she is up in her corner - waiting for her next meal...

She will most likey be decorating our deck with her gorgeous orb webs and she will gets bigger and bigger throughout the fall. When its time, she will lays her eggs and disappear. Wes are looking forward to sees how big she will gets and her beautiful webs when they are covered with dew in the mornings!

Orb spiders are harmless, as gentle as the heroine of Charlotte’s Web. Orb spiders are non-aggressive  and they play critical role in insect control. Here, the number of spiders is astounding, hundreds of thousands of them live in each hectare all controlling insect populations. They are critical for any ecological balance. And wes LOVES looking for them and watching them!

Wes is pawticipating in Thankful Thursday. Click on the button to bes magically taken to Brian's Home and see all the thankfulness!

 Does yous like spiders?

Our Mom does! She makes Christmas spiders for furrends evefurry year!




17 comments:

  1. My human loves orb spiders! Once, at an old house she was renting, one lived on her porch, and it was so big, she named it The Amazing Spider Man... even though it was likely a female.

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  2. Shivers...I am so scared of spiders...cause when I was about 11 or so twice there were spiders in m y bed...not orb spders, but the big hairy ones that build tunnel webs...shivers again.

    But I do realize how the eco system needs them. They eat the moths that are in such abundance around here...they get into our bird seed...ugh.

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  3. The Human knows in her head that Spiders Are Good, but she can't help shrieking and being a big baby when she sees them. She has forced herself to NOT kill them, to just leave them alone. I, however, view them as tasty snax and if they come to close, I eats dem.

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  4. we say thank you to spiderman, for keeping da flies in line ... even when our mama runs away when she meets him LOL

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  5. Spiders give me the creeps! Ivor has a pet spider in the porch window where he hangs his hat. It does catch a lot of flies and always comes to see Ivor when he hangs his hat up. It probably comes out because of the vibration of him hanging it up, but if it keeps him happy thinking he is coming out to say hello, who am I to argue.As long as he keeps himself/herself hidden when I am around!

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  6. Hari OM
    I loves speeders and miss my Aussie ones - there we also had orb spiders and AMAZING webs... but also St Andrew Cross speeders which are equally as entertaining. Then again, there were the redback, funnelweb and white-tail, all of which are less than safe to be around - yet I love them too for being part of that great magical web of nature!!! Thanks for sharing this with us today, Clowder gang! Hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

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  7. Spider webs in the garden are good for photos. I don't mind spiders in the garden as long as they are small and harmless.

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  8. Nope...just NOPE!
    If they leave me alone, then I'm a happy camper!

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  9. Bitsy the Orb spider is quite lovely and it was interesting to read about her. I never see a web on the front porch but I am constantly walking thru a portion of the web going to and from the car. It is at face level. BOLMOL
    Hugs Cecilia

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  10. #1 remembers having orb spiders on her deck when she had her cottage in PEI. They were lovely to watch and she took some nice photos!

    Purrs and Woofs,
    Tama, Genji and Ollie

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  11. MOL, our Dad is afraid of spiders, even wee ones. If that were outside our window the Dad wouldn't be able to sleep. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  12. Bitsy is beautiful, I love that you treasure and appreciate her. Spiders are so useful and hardworking, they are amazing.

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  13. You have a wonderful family member taking care of your deck. A wonderful Thankful. :)

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  14. dood....we due knot like em round heer....one { type unknown sew de vet said } bit me & eye waz off me food N waterz for three dayz...if they come IN, they get sended bak OUT, less it bee a long legz ~~~~~~~~~ ♥♥

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  15. I love spiders. I always leave them alone in my house. One year I made The Legend of the SPider ornaments for everyone. The spiders were with pom poms and the web was pipe cleaner and gold yarn.Your mom's are much prettier. XO

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing Itsy-bitsy with us. We like the odd spider on our deck and garage and let them do what they do best

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  17. we love spiders here too! We have a tiny baby jumping spider living in our bathroom at the moment! She fell into the toilet the other day and I had to rescue her before Frodo snacked on her!

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